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5.0 out of 5 stars A story that will teach tolerance, December 10, 2008
The movie portrays a brave man.The movie "Milk" showed that any man who stands by his principles, will always leave a lesson to be learned.

The advances that the Gay communities of California have made in the past 30 years started with the Harvey Milk story.I have been a San Francisco Police officer for 24 years.I am proud to have known a few very brave S.F.P.D. officers who happen to have been gay.

In this state,the advances made for gay people for their civil rights and equal rights,begin with the Milk story.

I was in the movie and I played a real police officer at a homicide scene.The murder of Robert Hillsbough. The hates crimes committed against gays in this city back in the 1970's were over the top.
I was honored to have, done my simple scene with Sean Penn.

I was honored to have been a member of that cast.Check out the cast on the web [...]

I know the damages that Dan White caused our city,and my Department.
It was a very sad day.

I can say this much about that tragic man.Besides being a former cop, and fireman a little talked about fact about Dan White. He was also a Viet Nam veteran.He served in the same unit that I was in in Viet Nam, the 173rd airborne. He served one year in the central highlands. We came home suffering along with 1000'S of other combat vets, suffering from P.T.S.D. He committed suicide after his release from prison. He was buried with full honors in the Veteran cemetery in San Bruno Calif.

It was not called that at the time of his trail. The fact that a man who was an Irish Catholic, a former Police officer, and a Viet Nam vet who could not, and did not seek help.The movie kind of showed that Milk made every effort to befriend Dan White.How Dan White did not understand that he was responsible to do the right thing. The murder of those two innocent men makes me sad, to know that In my life I walked the same paths.

I think a lot of school teacher's will be able to add this movie to list of movies that teach tolerance.As a straight guy, I was honored to be in the movie.I wanted people to understand tolerance.
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Initial post: Dec 21, 2008 3:35:42 PM PST
Bob Lind says:
Again, you are "reviewing" the MAN ... not the movie in question. Good for you that you were in it, but that is really the ONLY thing about the film you told us about.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2009 10:49:51 PM PDT
M. Bloom says:
This was a very thoughtful, insightful set of comments from a very special perspective-- the perspective of a man who served in Vietnam, in the same unit with Dan White, and came home suffering. Yet he made a different set of choices and lived to participate actively in the making of a film which can teach tolerance. I hope more people read this comment because it speaks to the deeper lesson from Milk the man and MILK the film. We all need community, and when we are suffering, we need it the most.

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 4:54:50 AM PST
Futurist says:
Thank you for a really inspiring and thoughtful comment. Really glad that I found this -- and best wishes to you!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2014 12:19:08 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 27, 2014 2:17:43 PM PST
Publicus says:
The real answer as to why White snapped will surprise many people. According to voting records, newspaper stories, and anecdotal information, White supported Milk's agenda with his influence, vote, and pocketbook. More than that, White's close friend & campaign manager, Ray Sloan says, White both respected Milk and actively sought his friendship.

White, who would graduate valedictorian of his fire fighter training class, stuck up for some black trainees who were about to flunk out. He circulated a petition asking that they be allowed to stay, and tutored the men after classes to help them pass their exams. Many people were won over by Dan White's genuineness, considering him to be a working-class hero.

White, who grew up on Hahn Street across from the projects, regularly visited people who lived there during his campaign. On weekends, he played tackle football with a street gang called the Sons of Sunnydale. The Sons later campaigned for him, distributing literature and attending his functions.

True to his character, White got many black people from the projects construction jobs at Pier 39 that was being built at the time.

The fact that White's campaign manager Ray Sloan was homosexual was not a problem for White. Sloan became one of White's closest friends.

White gave up his job in the fire department to earn $9,600 a year as a player in a City where politics was considered a blood sport. The job required cunning & deception in a cutthroat, stab people in the back environment full of hidden agendas. It was a world the straight-laced, honest, play it forward, say it like it is White was ill prepared for.

White was instrumental in Milk's appointment as Chairman of the Streets and Transportation Committee. White voted with Milk to save the Pride Center, which served as a meeting place for gay veterans and seniors. He voted for a resolution honoring a lesbian couple on the occasion of their 25th anniversary and, at committee level, he voted for the Gay Rights Ordinance, Milk's premier legislation, which would protect San Franciscans from losing their jobs simply for being gay or lesbian.

White was even praised in the SF gay newspaper, "Double Play," for his support of gay-based issues.

Then, on an extremely important issue, White called in his markers & asked Milk to support White's position. But when the vote came up, Milk double crossed White, embarrassing him in front of a chamber full of White's constituents whom he had invited to witness his victory.

White's political embarrassment caused the political environment to change. For a short while, White voted 'no' on gay parades and everything else Milk wanted. White believed turn around was fair play.

But after White's son was born, he sought to mend fences with Milk. He even invited Milk to his son's baptism.

But White was also waking up to the fact that an honest supervisor had a difficult time surviving on the meager salary he got paid. As a consequence of his son's birth & his lack of meaningful empowerment in the political process, White resigned.

But White's campaign manager convinced him that resignation was the coward's way out & that he owed a duty of continued loyalty to his constituents (that had worked hard for & supported him in his bid for public office).

Moscone was sympathetic & even gave White's resignation letter back to him. But for Milk, there was no going back. Despite all the favors White had done for him, Milk did everything in his power to make White's resignation stick.

When Moscone finally turned against White & sided with Milk, White felt betrayed & snapped. The rest is history. The provocations did not justify the murders. But much of that history has has morphed into myth (to further some persons' political agendas, I suppose).
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